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Flying in a Dakota

Aboard the 75-year old royal PH-PBA dakota

Oct. 19, 2019 -

As a wonderful birthday gift I was honoured to fly in a DC-3 classic plane. It was the 75-year old PH-PBA, a C-47A Skytrain or Dakota, formerly owned by H.R.H. Prince Bernhard from The Netherlands. It's a very special plane operated by the enthusiastic people from the Dutch Dakota Association (DDA Classic Airlines). Read along for some aviation history!

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Paratroop C-47, 12th Air Force Troop Carrier Wing, during the invasion of southern France (August, 1944)
Paratroop C-47, 12th Air Force Troop Carrier Wing, during the invasion of southern France (August, 1944)
Rosie the Riverters work on the C-47 at the Douglas Plant in Oklahoma City (1944, Tinker Air Force Base History Office)
Rosie the Riverters work on the C-47 at the Douglas Plant in Oklahoma City (1944, Tinker Air Force Base History Office)
The PH-PBA taking Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard to Belgium, May 1960 (Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat)
The PH-PBA taking Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard to Belgium, May 1960 (Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat)
Terherne visible at the
Terherne visible at the "Snitser Mar", Friesland
DDA Classic Airlines ticket boarding pass
DDA Classic Airlines ticket boarding pass
Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp radial aero engine on display at the Imperial War Museum Duxford (photo: Nimbus227)
Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp radial aero engine on display at the Imperial War Museum Duxford (photo: Nimbus227)

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